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French Worldwide: Language, culture and identity

Voertaal: Engels
Over de module: What does it mean to speak (and write in) French in the francophone ‘periphery’ (i.e. the French-speaking world outside France, supposedly the centre of power)? How do the various francophone contexts influence language, identities and cultures? Can the debates around ‘francophonie’ inform our contemporary considerations and concerns about global power. These questions are at the core of the course in which we address ‘Francophonie’ in all its aspects: historical, political, linguistic and cultural (esp. literary). The course tackles the relations of domination, post-colonialism and legitimacy in specific temporal and geographical contexts: respectively North-Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Indochina, Madagascar and West and Central Africa. The module includes a visit to the Africa Museum in Tervuren (Belgium).

Docent: Dr. Emmanuelle Radar

Dr. Emmanuelle Radar is Assistant Professor of French at Radboud University Nijmegen and lecturer at Leiden University. She studied French literature and culture at the University of Amsterdam where she defended her PhD dissertation on travel literature, modernism and postcolonial theories. Her main research interests are Francophone literature and culture, travel writing, memory of Indochina in literature and film, discourse analysis, mediation, gender and postcolonial studies. She is currently working on pacifism in francophone literature. Publications include « Putain de colonie! » Anticolonialisme et modernisme dans la littérature du voyage en Indochine (1919-1939), University of Amsterdam, 2008, see: Association d’Amitié Franco-Vietnamienne, www.aafv.org/Putain-de-colonie and Camille Drevet, Les Annamites chez eux [1928] et autres écrits pacifistes (Emmanuelle Radar, ed.), Paris: L’Harmattan, 2016 (forthcoming).

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